‘Rugby in the North is a lot slower’

Date published: November 26 2015

Brumbies re-signing Andrew Smith has spoken about huge differences between playing rugby in the North and South.

Smith has returned to Canberra ahead of the new Super Rugby season after time in Europe with Munster in the PRO12 and then Montpellier in the Top 14.

Highlights multiple areas where the game in Europe differs to Super Rugby, Smith admitted it had taken him a while to adjust.

“It was very different, it was a lot slower,” Smith told the Brumbies website.

“The ball doesn't really come out to the backs, you’ve got to go looking for the ball a bit more, a very forward-oriented game. It was new to me but it takes a while to adjust but once you get the hang of it.

“They’re reffed differently, the pace is different, just the structures and the way it’s played is very different.

“It’s too hard to compare.”

The 30-year-old has re-joined the Brumbies on a two-year contract and is delighted to be back in Australia with his young family.

‘It was always in the back of my mind to come back,” he added.

“Family’s a big reason as well so got a young family made it easier to come back. The decision was either staying (overseas) or coming back to the Brumbies.

“I loved my time here and knew a lot of the guys were still here good time so it was appealing to come back."